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How long does it take for a tooth infection swelling to go down, after starting antibiotics?

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Dr. Donald Blair
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: I day to 1 week

If you have the correct antibiotic it can be very quick.
With the wrong antibiotic it will take a long time. Amoxicillin is good for approximately 75% of the bacteria. Adding Metronidazole (flagyl) takes that up to 99%. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) also gets 99% of the bacteria.

In brief: I day to 1 week

If you have the correct antibiotic it can be very quick.
With the wrong antibiotic it will take a long time. Amoxicillin is good for approximately 75% of the bacteria. Adding Metronidazole (flagyl) takes that up to 99%. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) also gets 99% of the bacteria.
Dr. Donald Blair
Dr. Donald Blair
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2 doctors agree

In brief: 24 to 48 hours

You should notice an improvement within 48 hours.

In brief: 24 to 48 hours

You should notice an improvement within 48 hours.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Jai Prakash
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

It depends on severity of infection and the type of bacteria involved in the infection.

In brief: It depends

It depends on severity of infection and the type of bacteria involved in the infection.
Dr. Jai Prakash
Dr. Jai Prakash
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